India Seeks Deportation of Rohingya for Security Reasons


The court has adjourned the hearing in the matter to October 3. The community is recognised as illegal immigrants in India and the Rohingyas in India are registered as refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Bhushan has challenged their deportation saying it ran counter to India's constitution which provided rights to life and liberty to every person. Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, Mr Singh said, "An affidavit has been filed".

"India which has open /porous borders with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar etc makes it vulnerable to an influx of illegal immigration and resultant problems", the affidavit stated.

Asserting that the presence of Rohingyas in India would be a drain on the resources of the country and would affect the rights of the people, the Centre on Monday pointed out that some of the Rohingyas had contacts with Pakistan-based terror outfits. However, the Narendra Modi-led government has argued that deportation of Rohingyas - a policy decision taken in the interests of citizens, can not be challenged under Article 32 by non-citizens.

He asked the present dispensation to grant Rohingya Muslims the refugee status on the lines of India granted to Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans.

Two Rohingya Muslim refugees have filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the deportation of Rohingya Muslims, who have taken refuge in India to escape persecution in Myanmar.

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Last month, junior Indian Home Minister Kiren Rijiju told the Parliament that Rohingyas "are illegal immigrants and that the government aims to deport them". The affidavit said some Rohingyas were involved in "illegal and anti national activities" like mobilisation of funds through hawala channels, procuring fake Indian ID cards besides indulging in human trafficking.

Rights groups have urged India to abide by its global obligations after the government said last month it had asked state authorities to identify and deport the Rohingya living in their territory.

Explaining its stand on the principle of Non-Refoulement (which prohibited deportation of refugees) invoked by the petitioners, the Centre submitted that it was a party to the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights to which the principle did not extend.

In its affidavit, the Centre also submitted that numerous Rohingyas figures in the suspected sinister designs of the ISIS and other extremist groups want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country.

"A fragile Northeastern corridor may become further destabilised in case of stridency of Rohingya militancy, which the Central Government has found to be growing, if permitted to continue", it said. The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya to be economic migrants from Bangladesh.